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 Latest Dolphins Player Notes
Jun 13 2017 - Andre Branch
  DE Andre Branch has a full offseason planned, and it's the result of years in the NFL. Here's what he's got going. "MMA training three times a week, strength training five times a week, boxing four times a week," he said. "I have a chef that (cooks for me so that) I eat very, very healthy. I only drink water and coconut water. PT (physical therapy) twice a week. A chiropractor three times a week. Pilates three times a week and yoga twice a week. Steam room every day."


Jun 13 2017 - Jay Ajayi
  RB Jay Ajayi has been one of the most surprising players on the field during OTAs (organized team activities) and the start of mini-camp, and it has nothing to do with his physical improvement. Ajayi has opened eyes with his mental improvement, which is, to put it mildly, far ahead of a year ago. "That would probably be beyond an understatement," coach Adam Gase said. "It's slowed down for him a lot from where we were last year at this time compared to where we are right now. The questions that he brings up to us are very detailed. They're really beyond next-level questions. They're almost kind of quarterback-ish questions for a running back.


Jun 13 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill has impressed coach Adam Gase throughout the offseason. "He's gotten better throughout the entire offseason process," Gase said. "You can see he's more comfortable with what we're doing. He has a really good grasp of every little detail that we're trying to fine-tune. When you start being able to put your spin on how you see things and you have the ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage, when you feel really great with where you are in the offense, you have a lot of confidence to make those adjustments before the ball is actually snapped."


Mar 31 2017 - T.J. McDonald
  S T.J. McDonald was signed by the Dolphins despite an eight-game suspension to start the 2017 season. McDonald, 26, received a one-year veteran minimum contract, according to the Miami Herald. McDonald, who started 53 games for the Rams over the last four years, was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for half of the 2017 season for violating the league's policy for substances of abuse. The 6-2, 217-pound McDonald owns four-year career totals of 285 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He played in all 16 games in 2016 and posted 64 tackles, one sack, career-high two interceptions and six passes defensed.


Mar 29 2017 - T.J. McDonald
  S T.J. McDonald, a free agent, has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse, the league announced. The penalty stems from a May arrest after McDonald crashed into a parked car, leading to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs. McDonald pleaded guilty in January.


Mar 22 2017 - Koa Misi
  LB Koa Misi's contract was restructured for the 2017 season, allowing him to stay with the team, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Misi was scheduled to earn $4.1 million this season with a salary-cap hit of $4.8 million. The 30-year-old Misi was limited to three games last season due to a neck injury. The seven-year pro missed 21 games the last three seasons.


Mar 21 2017 - Kiko Alonso
  LB Kiko Alonso, who was tendered at the first-round restricted free agent compensation level of $3.91 million for 2017, signed a three-year, $25 million deal with $18.5 million guaranteed, the NFL Network reported. The extension begins with the 2018 campaign.


Mar 10 2017 - Reshad Jones
  S Reshad Jones signed a five-year deal that runs through the 2021 season, the Dolphins announced Thursday. Jones' contract is reportedly worth $60 million, including $35 million in guaranteed money. Jones missed the final 10 regular-season games and the club's postseason game last season because of a shoulder injury but that didn't prevent the Dolphins from making the long-term investment. The 29-year-old Jones has played all seven of his NFL seasons with Miami.


Mar 10 2017 - William Hayes
  DE William Hayes was traded by the Rams to the Dolphins late Thursday night. Miami also got a seventh-round pick, while Los Angeles received a sixth-round pick in April's draft. Hayes reportedly is due a $2 million roster bonus Saturday, when $1 million of his $3.5 million salary is scheduled to become guaranteed. The Dolphins will now cover that. Hayes, 31, had been part of one of the league's best defensive lines, tallying at least four sacks in each of the last five seasons. With the Rams moving to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, he was deemed expendable.


Mar 9 2017 - Andre Branch
  DE Andre Branch re-signed with the Dolphins on Wednesday, getting a three-year, $27 million contract. His average of $9 million per season is more than the team was willing to pay Olivier Vernon in free agency last March. Vernon signed a whopper of a deal ($70 million) with the New York Giants in 2016. Branch had only 5.5 sacks but started the final 11 games for the Dolphins. He has 19.5 career sacks and spent his first four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Mar 9 2017 - Kenny Stills
  WR Kenny Stills re-signed with the Dolphins on Wednesday, getting a four-year, $32 million deal. Stills will receive $20 million guaranteed. He was drawing interest from the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Stills was acquired in 2015 from the New Orleans Saints and averaged 17.3 yards per reception with nine touchdowns last season in Miami.


Feb 23 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill has passed a battery of tests on his ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to be available for all of the team's offseason program, the Miami Herald reported on Thursday. Tannehill missed the Dolphins' last three regular-season games and their playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a severe knee sprain. The 28-year-old elected against full reconstructive surgery and instead opted for rehabilitation with adult stem cell treatment, the Miami Herald reported. Tannehill is expected for a full workload by the start of training camp in July and likely will wear a knee brace throughout the season.


Feb 20 2017 - Julius Thomas
  TE Julius Thomas was traded from Jacksonville to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round draft pick, multiple media outlets reported Monday. The trade cannot be officially announced until March 9.


Feb 18 2017 - Cameron Wake
  DE Cameron Wake signed a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season, Miami announced Saturday. The extension is worth $19 million with $11 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Wake was heading into the final year of his contract, set to pay him $7 million. Wake, 35, bounced back from a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015 to lead the Dolphins with 11.5 sacks last season. He also registered 29 tackles and five forced fumbles to make his fifth career Pro Bowl. Wake has been with the Dolphins since 2009, accumulating 81.5 sacks in his career. The Dolphins cleared salary cap space earlier this week with the release of defensive linemen Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell.


Feb 16 2017 - Mario Williams
  DE Mario Williams is expected to be released, the Miami Herald reported. Williams, 32, recorded a career-low 1.5 sacks in 2016 after signing a two-year, $17 million deal with the Dolphins. The former No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 draft, Williams ultimately lost his starting job to Andre Branch and was a healthy scratch in three games.


Jan 31 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill is expected to avoid surgery on his partially torn ACL, according to an NFL Network report Monday. Tannehil was having an MRI on Monday, but he isn't believed to require a surgical reconstruction of his ACL prior to the 2017 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tannehill sprained the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the Dec. 11 game against the Cardinals. The MCL sprain is giving Tannehill some trouble, and he might visit Germany for the platelet-rich plasma therapy used by some athletes including former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, according to the report.


Jan 11 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill (two sprained ligaments in left knee) might require offseason surgery, according to coach Adam Gase, and doctors have not ruled out reconstructive surgery. Tannehill, who sustained his injury on Dec. 11, practiced on a limited basis last Friday, lending hope to the idea he could have played if Miami made an extended playoff run.


Jan 9 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill, sidelined since Dec. 11 with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, practiced lightly Friday, boosting the idea he could have returned at some point during the playoffs. The Dolphins still say Tannehill won't need surgery and should be available for the entire offseason program.


Jan 9 2017 - Byron Maxwell
  CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) was inactive for the playoff game at Pittsburgh. Coach Adam Gase said Maxwell, the team's best CB this season, didn't have the necessary mobility. Maxwell missed the last three games.


Jan 9 2017 - Cameron Wake
  DE Cam Wake didn't have a sack against Pittsburgh but he still had an overwhelmingly successful season with 11.5 sacks and a Pro Bowl berth. Wake, 34, was coming off a season that ended with an Achilles injury, a dangerous threat to older pass rushers.


Jan 9 2017 - Andrew Franks
  K Andrew Franks (18-23 FGs) converted two FGs, one from 38 yards and one from 47 yards, which could help his confidence. Franks should expect serious training camp competition but having playoff success could go a long way toward helping him emerge from that battle.


Jan 9 2017 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh had a sack on QB Ben Roethlisberger, giving him 3.5 career playoff sacks. It was one of the few bright spots for Suh, who was dominated by Pittsburgh Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro. Suh ended with four tackles but he didn't have a good day.


Jan 9 2017 - Kenny Stills
  WR Kenny Stills, who is eligible to become a free agent, said he'd like to return to Miami. "I want to be back here, yes," he said. "I love this team; I love these guys. We did something special after starting 1-4. We did something really special. We're going to do whatever we can to try and make that happen."


Jan 9 2017 - Andre Branch
  DE Andre Branch, who is eligible to become a free agent, said he'd like to return to the Dolphins. "Yeah, I love this place," he said. "They believed in me when not too many people did. I appreciate them for that. So we'll see how it goes. I don't know what the future holds but I had an amazing time this year."


Jan 9 2017 - Michael Thomas
  S Michael Thomas, who is eligible to become a free agent after the season, said he'd like to return to Miami. "Oh, I'd love it," he said. "Miami is home. They gave me my first start. I have a bunch of memories. I was here through the bad times. I want to be here when we become dominant."


Jan 9 2017 - Matt Moore
  QB Matt Moore is the subject of a NFL and player's association review pertaining to his concussion protocol in Sunday's 30-12 wildcard loss at Pittsburgh. Moore was hit hard in the second quarter by linebacker Bud Dupree after an incomplete pass. Moore only missed one play.


Jan 9 2017 - Mike Pouncey
  C Mike Pouncey, who ended the season on injured reserve due to a hip injury, said he'll be fine soon. "Injuries happen," he said Monday. "It's a part of this game. But I feel great right now. I know I'm healthy. I'll be healthy in a minute or so."


Jan 9 2017 - Matt Moore
  OB Matt Moore was briefly knocked out of the playoff game against Pittsburgh after taking a hard hit and committed turnovers on three straight possessions when he returned. Dolphins coach Adam Gase doesn't think Moore was rushed back into the game. "They told me he was coming back, and I was talking to him and he was good," Gase said.


Jan 9 2017 - Jarvis Landry
  WR Jarvis Landry tied a franchise record for receptions in the postseason with 11 catches for 102 yards against Pittsburgh. Landry is one of only two receivers (Odell Beckham Jr.) with at least 80 receptions in each of their first three seasons.


Jan 9 2017 - Jay Ajayi
  RB Jay Ajayi was limited to 33 yards on 16 carries in a postseason loss to Pittsburgh. During the regular season, Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dolphins to a 30-15 win over the Steelers. It was the first of three 200-yard games during the season for Ajayi.


Jan 6 2017 - Jarvis Landry
  WR Jarvis Landry's touchdown celebration last weekend was a costly one. The Miami Dolphins wide receiver was hit with separate fines for unsportsmanlike conduct after scoring on an 8-yard reception in the second quarter last Sunday during a 34-14 loss to the New England Patriots. He was fined $24,309 for grabbing his crotch and $24,309 for slamming his helmet for a total of $48,618. Landry ended the regular season with 94 catches for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns. In Landry's first three NFL seasons, he has 288 catches.


Jan 4 2017 - Matt Moore
  QB Matt Moore has only been sacked once in his two-plus games. "I feel good," Moore said. "I haven't been hit in a while. So, playing three games and getting hit, there are a couple of things here and there; but it's nothing crazy and part of the game. I feel really good."


Jan 4 2017 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh said he doesn't care that New England RB LeGarrette Blount called him a "dirty player" after last week's game. "I heard it from a lot of different people, so it doesn't really matter to me what he thinks," Suh said. "I'm looking forward to the Steelers."


Jan 4 2017 - Andre Branch
  DE Andre Branch, who has 5.5 sacks, will be a key member of the pass rush this week. Expect DE Cam Wake (11.5 sacks) and DT Ndamukong Suh (5.0 sacks) to get lots of attention, which could leave Branch to feast.


Jan 4 2017 - Jakeem Grant
  PR Jakeem Grant will still return punts for the Dolphins despite his fumble last week, according to coach Adam Gase.


Jan 4 2017 - Byron Maxwell
  CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday and is questionable to practice the rest of the week and play Sunday. Most likely rookie Xavien Howard would again start.


Jan 4 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and is questionable to practice all week. Tannehill has been seen walking without a limp when not wearing his knee brace. But he wears the brace when he's walking around at practice overseeing the QBs and WRs.


Jan 4 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill did not practice Wednesday due to his left knee injury but still could return for Sunday's wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tannehill has been sidelined since the Dec. 11 game versus the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14 with a sprained ACL and MCL in his left knee. Coach Adam Gase told reporters on a conference call with the Pittsburgh media that the staff will decide later if Tannehill will practice Thursday.


Jan 2 2017 - Matt Moore
  QB Matt Moore ended the regular season 55 of 87 for 721 yards, eight TDs and three interceptions, with a passer rating of 105.6. Moore was 2-1 as a starter.


Jan 2 2017 - Kiko Alonso
  LB Kiko Alonso, an injury risk because of his recent past, ended the regular season with 115 tackles, the second-best total in his career after the 159 he had as a rookie in 2013.


Jan 2 2017 - Mike Pouncey
  C Mike Pouncey (hip) is on season-ending injured reserve and will miss a chance to compete against his twin brother, Pittsburgh C Maurkice Pouncey, in their wild-card matchup this weekend.


Jan 2 2017 - Kenny Stills
  WR Kenny Stills had a career-best nine TD catches this season, which was tied for sixth in the NFL. Stills can become a free agent after the season.


Jan 2 2017 - Jarvis Landry
  WR Jarvis Landry ended the regular season with 94 receptions and 1,136 receiving yards. The 94 receptions are second-most in franchise history.


Jan 2 2017 - Jay Ajayi
  RB Jay Ajayi ended the regular season with 1,271 yards rushing, the third-best total in franchise history. Ajayi was fourth in the NFL in rushing and seventh in yards per carry (4.9).


Jan 2 2017 - Mario Williams
  DE Mario Williams was a healthy scratch last week and it could mean the end of his days with the Dolphins. Williams, who signed a two-year, $17 million deal in the offseason, has a career-worst 1.5 sacks this season, and two weeks ago he played just 13 snaps.


Jan 2 2017 - Ryan Tannehill
  QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) finished the regular season with career bests in yards per attempt (7.7) and passer rating (93.5).


Jan 2 2017 - Byron Maxwell
  CB Byron Maxwell (ankle), who missed last week's New England game, is uncertain for this week's game at Pittsburgh. Coach Adam Gase said he would have to see Maxwell move around in practice this week. Maxwell's replacement, rookie Xavien Howard, struggled at times last week against the Patriots.


Jan 2 2017 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh has "always been a dirty player" according to Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount. After Sunday's game the Patriots' lead back, who added to his franchise-record with his 18th rushing touchdown of the season against the Dolphins, made it clear what he thinks of Suh. "There's not many guys in the league that like that guy. I don't even know if it's a lot of guys on that team that like him," Blount told WBZ TV Boston. "He's a dirty player. He's always been a dirty player. He's gonna always be a dirty player. There's no room in the game for that."


Dec 28 2016 - Tony Lippett
  CB Tony Lippett played a game-high 104 snaps last week at Buffalo, logging 93 from scrimmage and 11 on special teams.


Dec 28 2016 - Jordan Phillips
  DT Jordan Phillips has seen a steady decline in his playing time recently. Phillips, who started the first 11 games, only played 29 snaps last week at Buffalo. DT Earl Mitchell, the starter the last four weeks, played 58 snaps last week at Buffalo.



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